Eurobites: EU Gets Serious on 5G

Paul Rainford
2/23/2016

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU revives Google ads probe; du and Huawei claim "T-SDN" first; Deutsche Telekom makes Korean connection.

  • The European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, has called upon various industry sectors including logistics, transport, energy, health and digital manufacturing to work together with the Commission on a 5G action plan. In a blog post linked to the announcement, Oettinger calls on interested parties not to repeat the mistakes of 4G, when, he says, 4G technology was "made in Europe" but first deployed in Asia and the US. In a related move, Oettinger has signed a joint declaration with the Brazilian Minister of Communications, André Figueiredo, to develop standards for 5G, the latest in a series of such agreements. (See Vodafone CEO: Europe Needs Uniform 5G Rules.)

  • Back in the here and now, the European Union is resurrecting its investigation into the advertising practices of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), reports Bloomberg, with a number of companies affected by the issue interviewed by EU antitrust officials in recent weeks. The search giant has been in the EU spotlight for some time now over the way its own services seem to mysteriously come out on top in its supposedly "organic" and unbiased search results, and this week Google CEO Sundar Pichai is due to meet EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager for the first time in what could be a lively encounter. (See Eurobites: Google Denies EU Charges.)

  • Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. say they have jointly launched the world's first commercial "transport software-defined network" (T-SDN). Claimed benefits for the T-SDN include centralized command, automatic control of the network and optimized call routing. More than 7.5 million customers are served by du in the UAE.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has found booth space at Mobile World Congress to sign a technology and business partnership agreement with SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM), which will see the two operators collaborating in the areas of IoT of 5G, among other things. (See SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom Join Forces.)

  • Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has been fined 4.81 million Polish zloty (US$1.21 million) by Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection for infringing consumer rights, reports Broadband TV News. The operator unilaterally changed its programming content, upsetting many customers in the process.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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